The good times must have been killing the Flyers, who headed into last night's game against the lowly Florida Panthers on a five-game winning streak and leading the entire NHL in points, because they decided to lay a complete egg. The Flyers did come out strong, taking it to the Panthers in the first 8-10 minutes, but from there on it, Florida completely embarrassed the Flyers. A 5-0 loss at home to an inferior team isn't exactly how you want to head into the extended Christmas break, but the fact of the matter is the Panthers just wanted it more.
The best part of that horrific game was when Peter Laviolette absolutely lit into his team. After surrendering the fourth goal, Laviolette pulled rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and called a timeout. He then proceeded to unleash on his team. You could clearly make out him saying repeatedly, "That's a fucking disgrace, and I won't have it! We won't have it!"
It was inevitable that the Flyers were going to lose sooner or later, but you'd like to see a better effort than that. Still, the Flyers lead the entire NHL with 49 points and were one of the hottest teams in sports prior to last night. Now they must regroup during the Christmas break and brace themselves for a long road trip.